Police say they are now investigating the Galveston fire that killed a woman and injured five as a homicide

Authorities are now investigating a Galveston house fire, which tragically resulted in the death of one of the four individuals rescued from the burning home, as a potential case of arson and homicide.

According to ABC13, Renita Hawthorne, a 55-year-old mother, tragically passed away at the hospital. Her 58-year-old boyfriend and one of her teenage daughters are currently in the ICU, while another teenage daughter has been discharged from the hospital.

A devastating fire erupted at a residence on 39th Street near Avenue H shortly before 1 a.m. on Thursday. Distressing footage captured at the scene illustrates the extensive destruction inflicted upon the house.

During the rescue, firefighters reported on radio traffic that there was also a third person coming out of the same window.

Authorities reported that the Galveston Fire Department discovered three individuals attempting to flee through a window. Firefighters promptly responded by deploying a ladder and successfully rescuing the three individuals. Upon further search efforts, a fourth person was located within the premises.

According to Galveston Fire Department’s Battalion Chief Tim Johnson, dispatch had informed them about the possibility of trapped victims before their arrival. Upon reaching the location, they discovered victims in the delta corner of the house. The firefighters quickly responded by deploying a ladder and successfully rescuing three individuals.

According to Galveston Fire Chief Charlie Olsen, one firefighter was hospitalized with a “twisted knee” but has since been discharged. The second firefighter was admitted to the hospital, although the severity of their injuries remains unclear.

The Galveston fire investigators have concluded that the fire was deliberately started. The investigation into the incident is still ongoing.

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If you have any information about the case, please get in touch with the detectives at 409-765-3779. You can also report anonymous tips to Galveston Crime Stoppers at 409-763-8477.

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